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A Visit to the Isles of Shoals with Celia Laighton Thaxter Part 1: "The History, Lore, & Legends of the Isles of Shoals” is a slide presentation that explores the rocky archipelago that lies just off the New Hampshire coast. In this program, actor and researcher Stephanie Voss Nugent introduces some of the hardy people who have lived on these islands over the past 500 years and shares tales of fishermen and pirates, ghosts and grand hotels, the lore and legends of the Isles of Shoals. The presentation includes archival photographs from the 1870s that chronicle the transformation of Star Island from the tiny fishing village of Gosport into an island resort. Q&A at the end of the event. This event is open to adults. Let us know if you'll be joining us!
Tuesday, August 9th 5:00-7:00 PM / Library Pavilion

With temperatures predicted to be in the high 90's to 100 on Thursday, we're going reschedule our Summer Finale to next Tuesday, Aug 9th! We'll also be moving location, holding the event at the Library's Pavilion, located across the street from Lane Library.

Our end of summer reading event for families will be held outdoors at Centre School. Come hear Wellfleet! Classic electric/acoustic rock n' roll with a healthy dose of blues harmonica and soaring vocals featuring band members Patrick Curry, Craig Roy, John Dinger, Ian Sleeper and Tom Ash. This event is free and open to the public. Ice cream will be served. There will be a variety of games, lawn sports and other entertainment, as well as an ice cream social. Rain Date is Tues. August 9th at 5pm.

We are seeking donations of bottled water, please follow this link to register for a donation slot.

The Friends are inviting the public to drop off their book donations! Donations are ONLY being accepted at the library on August 13th and August 20th, 10am-12pm.

Donations of gently used, clean books are accepted. The Friends also appreciates donations of clean, unscratched, and in the case DVD’s, music CD’s, and video games. The Friends do not take donations of items that are dirty, musty, moldy, torn, or in poor condition. The library does not accept donations of dictionaries, textbooks, and Reader’s Digest condensed volumes.

Donations should not be left at the library when the library is closed. It is the donor's responsibility to make appropriate arrangements to transport and bring their items inside the library and downstairs to the Lane Room. The library does have a dolly and book cart that may be accessed for bringing  items inside. Donors are requested to bring their items in boxes.

The Friends of the Lane Memorial Library is a volunteer, non-profit organization. They accept donations through the library based on time available for processing, availability of space, suitability of format, community interest, and physical condition of the item. Items not kept by the Friends are either processed for disposal or donated to other organizations that utilize book donations. For more information about the Friends, visit

Children’s Craft: Shark & Fishie Game
Friday, August 5th 2:00-3:00 PM / Please Register

Put the fish into the shark’s mouth! Children will cut and construct a simple cup and ball game from a leftover plastic bottle. Registration is required. This event is open to children K-5th grade. An adult must attend.
Family Game Time
Friday, August 19th 3:00-5:00 PM / Please Register

Families are invited for an afternoon of games (table top and lawn) under the pavilion.
StoryWalk© at Marston School / All Ages
(Runs 6/27-8/26)

Take a walk. Read a book. Have an adventure! Read Land Shark by Beth Ferry while you take a walk on the Marston School trail. Take a picture of the QR code at the end of the storywalk to have a chance to receive a special prize. The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy.
All summer reading programs are underwritten financially by generous support of The Friends of Lane Memorial Library. Library prizes are generously sponsored by Blue Harbor Coffee Co., Susie’s Sweets, Huckleberry’s Fine Candies, and Las Olas.
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Monday-Friday 10am- 6pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
 Our Park n Pickup service continues, opening at 9am.
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